It goes without saying that our pets have become much more of a family member than they were in years past. Particularly in the case of dogs, the relationship with humans had been one of a work companion; dogs would (and still do) pull sleds loaded with supplies, guard the home from invaders and chase down prey upon command. Our pets today are more like a family friend and companion; we feed them specific diets, bathe them, trim their nails and ensure they are comfortable and happy.
Because of the fact that we live closely with animals of all sorts, ensuring the health of those animals is paramount. In developing nations where disease controls is still an issue the spread of infectious diseases from animal to human has been on the rise. Educating these nations on the importance of animal health will only serve to benefit all nations.
Veterinary care plays a large part in ensuring a pet’s health and well being; regular checkups should be part of a pet’s life. As with humans, having a regular checkup will ensure that most abnormalities are caught and examined as soon as possible. It is not just family pets that must receive regular veterinary care, but livestock as well; running a successful farm is dependent upon the health of the animals living there. If the farm animals are sick they will not produce, impacting the profits in a negative fashion; veterinary care and healthy livestock production go hand in hand.
Veterinarians who specialize in livestock will advise as to herd production, vaccinations, cleaning and disinfecting of animal housing, and nutrition. The goal is to reduce the amount of antibiotics used due to disease, which helps to lower costs. Veterinarians ensure that the livestock being exported and imported is healthy, helping to ensure the safety of each countries livestock and preventing diseases from entering another country.
One area of veterinary medicine that is lacking is nursing care. Giving a pet a shot to make them feel better or performing surgery of some kind will address the issue but will not address the post operative issues that can arise. Veterinarians are very busy and will not always have the time it takes to perform a thorough question and answer session with a pet owner. This is where the veterinary nurse comes into play; they can perform pre-operative duties, assist during operations and also deal with post-operative duties such as explaining post-operative care to the pet owner. In developing nations understanding how to prevent disease
Veterinarians and their staff play a large part in keeping our pets happy, but also help to keep our economy running smoothly. When our pets are happy and healthy, we are happy and productive; when our livestock is healthy, we have food, income, jobs are created, and nations can experience growth and prosperity.